Saturday, August 7, 2010

Google Decides to Wave Goodbye to Wave

This week, Google announced they were going to end development of the product they launched last year called 'Google Wave'.

It was supposed to be a web based product that was deigned to help and provide for realtime and/or online collaboration. Unfortunately what it provided was mass confusion about how it worked and what users were really supposed to do with it.

I was one of the lucky ones that got a beta invitation early on and I had a chance to share it with my friends Paul Feuerstein & Marty Jablow. Since we sometimes lecture together, we thought that having access to an online collaboration site might save us time and effort in developing our mutual programs. Unfortunately what we discovered was that we couldn't figure out how to make it work even though the first time we tried it we were in the same room together.

Despite our best efforts, we just couldn't figure out a way for Wave to make our collaborative efforts easier. And with the announcement this week, it appears that we weren't the only ones.

I've got to give the creative minds at Google credit. Not only are they smart enough to know a good thing when they see it, they are also not afraid to pull the plug on something when they can tell it's not working. This gives me as a user of Google products more confidence to know that in most instances they won't consider continuing to support a product that is held in place by its limitations.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey John- we should re-develop it and sell the new simpler version back to Google.